Man killed by mother's falling coffin in Indonesia
Indonesia Man killed by mother's falling coffin in Indonesia
Samen Kondorura was crushed after pallbearers fell off ladder during service on Sulawesi
An Indonesian man has died after his motherâs coffin fell from a funeral tower and crushed him during a service on the island of Sulawesi, police said on Sunday.
Samen Kondorura, 40, died on Friday when pallbearers lost their footing while carrying the coffin up a bamboo ladder in the Parinding valley in North Toraja district, police said.Woman swallowed by giant python in Indonesia Read more
The casket fell as the group hoisted it onto a lakkian, an ornately carved tower where the deceased is placed before elaborate traditional funeral rites.
âAs the motherâs coffin was being raised to the lakkian, suddenly the ladder shifted and collapsed, the coffin fell and hit the victim,â Julianto Sirait, chief police commissioner at Tana Toraja, said.
Video from the scene shows the ladder slip just as the casket enters the tower, sending the men tumbling several metres to the ground where the victim is struck by the coffin. Horrified onlookers rush to the menâs aid but Kondorura died later in hospital.
Sirait said the accident happened because the ladder was not properly reinforced but the family has declined to pres s charges.
The body of Kondorura is now resting alongside his mother Berta, he added.
When ethnic Torajans die, local residents hold funerals that can last for days and involve music, dance and the sacrifice of water buffalo.Topics
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